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Planning ahead for your future career

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Investing in your personal and professional development is never a waste of time. Not only will it help you from a career perspective, dedicating time every day solely devoted to you can also enhance your overall well-being. In fact, did you know that there is a direct correlation between effective career development and your physical and mental health?

On that note, here are some tips to help you soar into the new semester!

Unsure of your career pathway?

If you’re feeling a little uncertain about your career direction or your current course of study, have a look at our online Explore Your Options Challenge, especially the ‘Self-Awareness’ and ‘Decision-Making Strategies’ modules.

Learn about your industry

Research the industry you’re seeking to enter when you graduate. A great place to start is with our Career Guides – they’re available in UniHub’s Resource Library. Just search ‘Career Guide Physiotherapy’, for example.

These guides include information on possible career paths, labour markets, and job search strategies as well as links to relevant professional associations and organisations. To further enhance your industry knowledge, there’s also the ‘Know Your Industry’ module in our online Explore Your Options Challenge.

Develop your professional identity

There are various modules in our online Skilled Professional Challenge that can help you along the way, including ‘Your Personal Brand’, ‘Boost Your Professionalism’ and ‘Drive Your Career’. In addition, dedicate some time each week to being active on LinkedIn and developing your profile.

Quick tip – if you haven’t built your own LinkedIn profile just yet, get started! While you’re at it, check out VMock Aspire – it helps you to strengthen your LinkedIn profile by giving you feedback on key elements.

Update your resume

Revisit your resume – it’s a working document that you’ll need to continually update, refine and tailor over the duration of your professional life. If you’re not sure if yours is quite up to scratch, or just want some reassurance that it’s a solid document, check out V-Mock Resume. This is a 24-7 online resume-review tool that provides instant personalised feedback on your resume. Don’t you just love technology!

From the Curtin Careers Team, we hope you’re excited for the year ahead and look forward to seeing you in 2023.

This article was written by Career Development Consultant, Kelly Kendall-Jones.

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